Mag­ne­flash Splash A-Lux M302E

A petite por­ta­ble flash head de­liv­er­ing plenty of speed

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Stu­dio flash heads can be bulky, but the A-Lux 302 is lit­er­ally pint-sized and weighs just 363 grams, so it should slot straight into your bag. Power comes from a choco­late-bar-sized recharge­able bat­tery. It’s good for around 250 full-power flashes per charge and can be re­fu­elled us­ing a typ­i­cal USB phone charger.

Such dinky di­men­sions do mean head­line power specs aren’t daz­zling. A power rat­ing of 120Ws/GN30 means the M302E works best with close-range sub­jects. One as­pect in which it does ex­cel is its 1/3000-sec­ond flash du­ra­tion. That’s fast enough to freeze al­most any ac­tion shot, pro­vid­ing you sync your Nikon us­ing a fast flash trig­ger. There are only three flash power set­tings, each tune­able up or down by a fifth of a stop.

Build qual­ity lacks the fi­nesse of the big brands’ of­fer­ings, but this is a great way to light ac­tion when you’re on the go.

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